Landlord-Tenant (Commercial)



Representative Matters


Commercial Landlord/Tenant Law

Landlord-Tenant (Commercial) Law includes:

  • Litigation of Lease and Contract Disputes
  • Summary Eviction Proceedings
  • Rent Recovery
  • Resolution of Operational Issues
  • Work-Outs

The firm generally represents landlords of commercial properties, including regional shopping centers, strip centers, and office parks. The firm works closely with property managers to develop a program to maximize revenues while controlling legal costs. As part of the firm’s philosophy of delivering value to clients, the firm’s attorneys are prepared to suggest revisions to lease forms, analyze legal notices, and assess in-house procedures to streamline the collection process.


The attorneys at Young/Sommer have extensive trial experience and a proven track record on appeal. Young/Sommer has the resources to ensure timely commencement and prosecution of actions to protect the landlord’s rights. The practice includes the defense of tenant claims and counterclaims. Due to the high value of many retail properties, the attorneys of Young/Sommer are accustomed to handling multi-million dollar claims.

Regional Practice

The firm’s Landlord-Tenant practice is not limited to the Capital District. The regional practice covers an area as far south as Rockland County, as far north as Clinton/Essex Counties, and as far west as Erie/Onondaga Counties.

The firm’s Landlord-Tenant practice group includes J. Michael Naughton and Kristin Laviolette Pratt.



The following Young/Sommer attorneys represent clients in this practice area.

J. Michael NaughtonJ. Michael Naughton

J. Michael Naughton is a partner in the firm, and has practiced as a litigator for over 25 years. He began his career in New York City and moved to Albany in 1987. Mr. Naughton was a partner at the law firm of Shanley, Sweeney Reilly & Allen, P.C. before joining Young/Sommer LLC in 2005.


Robert A. PanasciRobert A. Panasci

Robert A. Panasci is a partner with Young/Sommer LLC and has been practicing real property law, municipal law, environmental law and special education law since 2002. His legal practice includes representation of corporate and individual clients in all aspects of real estate matters.


E. Hyde ClarkeE. Hyde Clarke

E. Hyde Clarke joined Young/Sommer after receiving his J.D. from Albany Law School in May 2014. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from… Read More


Kristin Laviolette PrattKristin Laviolette Pratt

Kristin Laviolette Pratt (Associate) has been practicing environmental law, commercial litigation, and real property law at Young/Sommer LLC since 2005. Kristin has represented both corporate and individual clients before the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in negotiating regulatory proceedings as well as before local government boards.


Crystal Run Newco, LLC v. United Pet Supply, Inc., 70 AD3d 1418 (4th Dept 2010)

This a commercial landlord-tenant case in which the appellate court reversed the trial court, and granted the landlord summary judgment with respect to its claim… Read More

Eklecco Newco, LLC v. Café Tu Tu Tango of Palisades, LLC, 18 Misc 3d 1126(A) (NY Sup Ct, 2008)

In this landlord-tenant case arising out of a shopping center lease, the Court awarded the landlord judgment on all claims, dismissed the tenant’s counterclaim and… Read More

Pyramid Walden Co. v. The Buffalo Unit, LLC, 48 AD3d 1089 (4th Dept 2008), affirming 2007 WL 7034890 (NY Sup 2007)

In this landlord-tenant case involving a shopping center lease, the appellate court affirmed the trial court’s award of summary judgment in the landlord’s favor. The… Read More